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CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
this violation. this is the task that susan b. anthony gives us to continue today. like anthony we too must challenge the status quo for the sake of women and their children. women deserve better than abortion. thank you and i will yield back my time. mrs. schmidt: thank you to the gentlelady from north carolina for so eloquently pointing out some of the dangers of abortion, both physical and emotional. and i don't think the chapter, mr. speaker, has been written on the dangers of abortion. but i do wonder the lives that we've missed and the fabric and how it has been compromised the fabric of america, the fabric of the world because an innocent life didn't get to be woven into it. you know, when we're born our parents don't know what we're going to become. they just hope that we're happy and they hope that we're healthy. i mean, you look at our president. you think when he was born his mom thought he was going to be the president of the united states? i seriously doubt it. he didn't come from a dynasty of presidents. he's just an ordinary person born from an ordinary mom, but he,
CSPAN
Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm EDT
housing units are located. funds has also been used to assist multifamily buildings in distress and has provided long-term affordability for renters. it has also provided jobs. the number two priorities of most communities across this country are housing and jobs. and this program helps provide both. my amendment points out why the program is so desperately needed by listing through findings the number of vacant homes that could be eligible for funding by state. for example, in the home state of my good friend and colleague, mr. miller, california, there are over 92,000 homes that have been vacant for 90 or more days. in my state of new york there are over 16,000 homes that have been vacant for over 90 days. the amendment clarifies that by terminating the program vacant homes across the country cannot benefit from the neighborhood stabilization fund that could rehab in some cases, demolish in some cases and redevelop in some cases. we've seen pictures on television of bulldozers plowing vacant homes under because they're pulling down the prices and the blight in neighborhoods. this is o
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2011 1:00pm EDT
international organization and, yes, they are a threat to america. the taliban is only a threat to us as long as we continue our military occupation in afghanistan. after more than nine years of military occupation in afghanistan, can we really continue to claim to be acting in self-defense? the premise that the presence of our troops on the ground keeps us safer at home has been repudiated by recent terrorist attacks on the united states all done by people other than afghans. outraged at continuing u.s. military occupation of predominantly muslim countries. that's not to justify what they do, but it is to clarify the condition that we have in afghanistan. for how long are we going to continue to dedicate hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives before we realize we can't win afghanistan militarily? at the end of the year, the administration and u.s. military leaders were touting peace talks to end the war with high level taliban leaders. these leaders turned out to be fake. a november, 2010 article in "the new york times" detailed joint u.s. an afghan negotiations with a m
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 1:00pm EDT
government will tell you that the systems used by agencies are fine. the systems that trigger uses are fine and the budget is where the decisions are made anyway. the important data set that is used for oversight and -- by the government and public is not good enough to be used. there are efforts under way to correct the problem. it is a good example about how there it is a lot of excitement around usaspending.gov, but the data has been unusable since the 1970's. the systems we use to track tax expenditures are worse. no one bothers to go back and check whether the estimates issued are correct after the numbers come in to the irs. the two systems used to track our never reconciled with one another. legislative information is still a rite of passage for technologists like myself. at this point, congress is making positive improvements but it is still difficult to work with. we never have access to the source data. we want the files that are the base line ingredients used to draft legislation. we can see them in the pdf's released but it cannot get the actual files. one more step back. i
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 10:00am EDT
impact on the, i think it is just a different scale. host: thank you for being here. you have given us some very interesting information. there is lots more information if you want to learn about the earthquake risk in your part of the country. there is a very interactive web site. they have a lot more there for you. we have a big weekend coming up on c-span. we have live cameras in a number of locations. our cameras will be live with an online exclusive today and over the weekend. this weekend, we will be at the organization of american historians. there will be lots of different panel discussions across u.s. history. sunday night at 8:00 p.m., our guest is the president and ceo of the partnership for new york city. she is also a member of the federal reserve bank of new york. she will discuss the role of the federal reserve bank and other topics. thank you very much for being with us on an interesting friday morning. we will be back tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> the tur
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 10:00am EST
time. i would just point out to the ranking member that was not the vote before us, and if there was a chance to get out the cotton subsidies -- and i must admit that both sides of the aisle voted for them -- but the opportunity was at the point on the conference report of the farm bill which the gentleman from massachusetts voted for. but to put this again in a larger context, we on this side of the aisle federal reservently believe that you will not have -- fervently believe that you will not help anything unless you put this country on a fiscal path. if we can't do it on this program what program can we do it on? i think it's ironic. how many of my friends on the other side of the aisle will come to the floor and say, you know what, there are people in this nation trying to force loans onto people who are unemployed, people can't afford to pay it back, it's predatory lending, and now they want the government to do the same thing. mr. bachus: chair, i yield 30 additional seconds to the gentleman from texas. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hensarling: we heard throughout t
CSPAN
Mar 30, 2011 10:00am EDT
from a repressive regimes in the arab world itself. yes, they are against us, but they're also against the repressive regimes they grew up under. there is a hope that we will get regimes that will not be hostile towards the united states. host: i'm going to try to squeeze in one more phone call. we have to make it quick. caller: there was a gentleman by the name of lindsey wil liams that i heard on radio show. he befriended at an oil executive. before he died, he told lindsey williams the middle east would explode and it would not be for more, but internal conflict. my question is, how did this man know this, and what other people do the same thing? it leads me to believe it was premeditated by a group of people? . guest: i do not think premeditated. there were a lot of people who saw this explosion in the region because people had been repressed by regimes that had grown bitter in steel and were not responding to their basic needs. we saw -- once the fear was released and they saw they had nothing to fear in tunisia, the egyptians challenge the government and the government was not ab
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 5:00pm EST
used as scapegoats to balance the budget. teachers, nurses, police, firemen and others who perform their jobs dutyfully are being treated shabbily by this governor and those who share his union busting and anti-collective bargaining philosophy. i hope that cooler heads prevail and i urge the governor to pull the state back from this radical governmental overreach. i see my colleague from wisconsin, congresswoman moore, will be with us. i want to say to congresswoman moore that my constituents in the ninth congressional district stand in solidarity with you and all those bold and brave leaders who have left the state and also on behalf of all the union workers and all those who have come to the capitol to say, enough is enough. thank you, congresswoman moore, for your leadership. thank you, congresswoman christensen. mrs. christensen: thank you for your leadership. we have a number of women leaders here. i'd like to yield to the gentlelady from maryland, who has been a leader on many issues, including during the health care reform debate to make sure that those who were insured were
CSPAN
Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
what is going on on the ground through the use of amazing satellite and photoreconnaissance capability is absolutely critical. does not replace the need for human sources, never will. that understanding of what is moving on the ground and facilities being developed things that you can study through photoreconnaissance -- it still will not tell you what the key players are saying, thinking how they look when they sit in a meeting across from someone and they are talking to to be able to have someone who can report on that, someone inside those circles will always be of the most of you. the real weary -- real world being what it is, you often have insignificant -- inadequate intelligence in that regard. caller: good morning. my late father-in-law was involved in the silencing the cameras on the u-2. my comments and questions do with the cia term "loebsack." my understanding is the cia first used it -- term "blowback." my understanding is the cia first use it with the shah of iran -- used it with the shah of iran. 9/11 was "blowback." ny of us know that. americans are certain that nonsens
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 10:00am EDT
collaboration that brings us here today. as well as colleagues from the department of homeland security. we express our appreciation for their support in organizing our program in the students of georgetown university lecture fund to help support the staff host the event. finally, i would like to welcome ndrea mitchell, the moderator of this even today. this event gives us an opportunity to reflect on the changes in our world since september 11, 2001, and the ways in which the united states government has responded to these changes. later this year we will observe the 10th anniversary of the attacks. in response, the homeland security agency was created. the creation of the department united 22 agencies from across the executive branch, making it the largest reorganization since harry truman consolidated the armed forces into the department of defense. last month, in her state of america's homeland security address, secretary napolitano said real security requires the engagement of the entire society with government, law- enforcement, the public and private sector all playing t
CSPAN
Mar 9, 2011 1:00pm EST
we need to use common sense and balance. and i recognize 14 years ago when i came up here common sense is not common in washington. but today part that have common sense takes place with we're going to read the bills before we vote on them, we're going to go through regular order, we're going to relook at the things which have been passed which diminish jobs and which harm our economy and those are the things which we're on the floor to get done today. mr. speaker, i'm proud of our republican majority, i'm proud of our speak who are is from the great state of ohio, who understands himself personally, because of the state where he's from, that the state of ohio is in need of leadership, real leadership in washington, just as the rest of the country. and so the republican party stands on the floor of the house today, we are about jobs, we're about reducing wasteful washington spending and we're going to stand for common sense. we reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i'd like to yield myself one minute before
CSPAN
Mar 24, 2011 1:00pm EDT
analysis on it. the third thing i think is really our general use of narrative's, and this is the case inside government. outside government is how we are brought up and how we think. if you are talking about to in asia, i think inherited you would hear in you do here is this have been largely because behnali did not mobilize the security forces. that was really the surprise. not the understanding about structures and what pressures that brings and really the changing age structure. this is just -- we are not really schooled in banking and these large structural forces -- in thinking about these large structural forces. i do not think we should be ignoring that, and i will talk more about that later, but really in terms -- getting back to strategic foresight, one of the real dilemmas we face, and again it is on discontinuities the issue. when is this going to happen and where? we ordinarily give long lists to policy makers of pending states or whatever. of course the rightly say which ones and where and when? you cannot deal with 20 or 30, and i do not know what is on the most recent l
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
protect us each and every day. i urge all members to join me in strong support of this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts rise? mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i yield myself -- i'd like to yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: i'd like to thank the gentleman for his kind remarks. as a member of the house oversight and government reform committee, i'd like to join my colleagues in supporting h.r. 793, which would designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 12781 sir francis drake boulevard in inverness, california, as the specialist jake robert vello glmbingsa post office. the bill is co-sponsored by all 52 members of the california delization. further, h.r. 793 was reported out of the committee on the same day. mr. speaker, i'd like to briefly highlight some of the achievements of specialist velloza. the only son of robert and susan velloza, specialist jake velloza was a lifelong resi
CSPAN
Mar 28, 2011 12:00pm EDT
use more neutral language, but anybody who saw the cover of "time" magazine with the young lady from afghanistan whose nose had been amputated over a frivolous disputes involving a gender issue, i believe should be aware that is a value that everybody respects. it's one must, at the same time, respect the sense that the taliban and other people to -- that it is important to preserve and protect our ladies, if a man is making an observational standpoint. i will not get into gender issues more here. but the point is, that analytical work has been done. where is a framework developed by a political scientist and an international lawyer starting in the 1930's when they saw that fascism was going to be a world problem to organize thoughts about how to make policy decisions that would be authoritative. and in law, and in policy, and they organized a vocabulary, which took away the vocabulary value-laden distinctions between law and policy and said, people are making these decisions -- and they articulated a whole decision tree of the sequence in which important decisions are made right dow
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, including e.p.a.'s ability to protect us from mercury pollution, soot, and greenhouse gaffes -- gases. presumably because if are you not allowed to verify a potential problem it must not exist. where americans value energy independence, the republican plan endangers security by reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil through improved fuel efishen standards. an agreement to improve by 30% in 2016, will result in american car owners saving $3,000 per vehicle and reduce the nation's oil dependence by 77 billion gallons of gasoline for vehicles produced from 2012 throw 2016. this efficiency improvement will keep 9.9 billion dollars from being sent to opec countries like libya and iran unless the republican plan succeeds in overturning those efforts. mr. speaker, the continuing resolution passed two weeks ago is not responsible. it sacrifices our nation's values, our health, our security, our economy, our transportation needs, our environmental plans, and hundreds of thousands of jobs. but now we have a chance to work together in a bipartisan fashion, republicans and democ
CSPAN
Mar 29, 2011 5:00pm EDT
you using our c-span alert. >> according to a roar by the natural resources defense council, 42 disease clusters have occurred in 13 states since 1976. a study has being called for to investigate the cause of these health problems. this against with testimony from a witness who is diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 18. >> thank you, chairman boxer. i would also like to thank ranking member james inhofe and my great senator, mike crapo, for taking on the issue of childhood cancer and cancer clusters and what they mean to our public health. i would also like to thank all of the senators on the environment and public works committee for allowing me to address some of these issues today. and i'm so very proud to be able to state that i am here today as a witness for both the majority and minority committee members. most of you do not know me other that i am associated with s-76, also known as trevor's law. my hope is that by the end of my testimony you will not obviously know me but you will remember me as a voice of every child in this great nation. as you've been told, i was
CSPAN
Mar 29, 2011 10:00am EDT
, these 104 reactors currently account for about 20% of the electricity that we use and what the future of nuclear energy will be as part of our nation's energy banks. events at fukushima are changing by the our. they are serious, and we are watching those events unfold on the other side of the world. our knowledge at best is incomplete. as we look forward to these experts and forming a committee on what they see at the plant, how would impact our nation must existing fleet of reactors, and answer questions the committee members might have. before i introduce our two -- our first panel, we have four witnesses, two on this first panel and two on the second trip before i introduced the panel, let me call on senator murkowski for comment. >> let me welcome those who are presenting today. i appreciate the time is of the hearing this morning, or this oversight this morning, as we try to better understand what is unfolding at the fukushima daiichi plant. as you pointed out, mr. chairman, it is probably too early for us to say that the situation is under control. i think that it is important t
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 10:00am EST
. but in you is found the beginning and the end of everything. be present to us in this, our day. as we try to handle as much as we are able, free us by renewed faith in your guidance and goodness. in this ever-changing world, help us to place our trust in you, heavenly father. for you manage all natural events and human affairs to achieve your holy will for us and for all your children, both now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson. mr. wilson: everyone, including our guests in the gallery, please join in. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 10 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose duds the ge
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 10:00am EDT
leadership and to keep things from getting any worse. they are writing our offices, begging us to help us start america. they are looking for a handout, they are looking for a way out. just a chance they will take -- just a chance so they can take care of the rest. they are hoping that the next interview will mean a new start. mr. speaker, the job market is troublesome. but we cannot allow companies to arbitrarily pick who will come out of the economic crisis by disqualifying unemployed workers. it should not be their right to discriminate this way. we as a nation face triumphs and challenges together. it seems to me to allow such a practice is counterintuitive. why create jobs in those -- if those americans currently without jobs are not eligible? just because an individual is unlucky to be laid off or has the misfortune to graduate into a jobless market does not mean we should cast them aside. this unemployment practice adds insult to injury for americans desperately looking for jobs. college graduates who debated their education was worth the cost, for families trying to make m
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 1:00pm EST
everywhere are counting on us to come through for them as is the middle class. we can't afford to let them down. thank you, mr. speaker. with that i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from south carolina. mr. scott: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, my cousin, mr. scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. scott: i'd like to thank the gentleman from south carolina, i look forward to visiting the family at christmas. mr. speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the house and this great country, as i traveled cities like covington this past week, the main issue i heard from constituents is their growing fear of the side size of government's regulatory burden on their business and their way of life. now, i find it laughable that today democrats say that they didn't know this 1099 provision was in this bill. the fact is, this 1099 provision was part of a continuous assault by the democratic party on small businesses across thi
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
families, whose love and support gives everyone of us who wears the uniform of the strength to carry on. over the past 24 hours, coalition forces have continued operations to implement the provisions of u.n. security council resolution 1973. u.s. and british forces launched 12 tomahawk land attack missiles, targeting command-and-control facilities service to skirt -- a scud facility and a re-attack of the previous air site. forces from france, spain, italy, denmark, and united kingdom, with missions to sustain a no-fly zone in benghazi, to protect civilians from attack, and conduct further reconnaissance. coalition naval vessels sustained maritime controls toward u.n. security council resolution, to prevent the illegal shipments of arms to and from libya. iss our actions are generally achieving the intended objections. we have not observed a libyan military aircraft operating since the beginning of operations. the naval vessels have returned to or remain in port. cents initial strikes, no regime long range air defense radars. air attacks have succeeded in stopping regime ground force
CSPAN
Mar 16, 2011 1:00pm EDT
with us a $14.1 trillion debt that is danieling our recovery and job growth. they say reducing government spending will create a more favorable environment for private sector jobs and that's what americans need a job and paycheck not more failed, perpts in taxpayer funded housing. . i urge my colleagues to support this rule. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back of the the gentleman from texas. roists. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: it's my honor to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from maryland, ms. edwards. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. edwards: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from colorado. i rise today really troubled because i am opposed to terminating the hamp program and the neighborhood stabilization program, but i'm troubled because these programs have actually been very troubled. they are not perfect. they haven't helped every homeowner we want. but we shouldn't be in a position of just destroying the programs. the neighborhood stabilization program in pa
CSPAN
Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
the environment of our forces. so those aircraft that are used for either suppression of those enemy air defenses or interdiction of those mechanized forces or that artillery, that is done as part of an entire era plan -- air plant and as part of those coalition air operations. >> can i sum up follow up on that more specifically? barbara stark from cnn. how are you communicating to libyan forces to tell them to position themselves to avoid attack? there's a good deal of information out there indicating that you have used commando solo or other airborne communications or methods to tell them to position themselves in a nonthreatening manner. one, how are you communicating to pro-about the forces? two, how and what are you communicating to rebel forces? -- one, how are you communicating to pro-gaddafi forces? >> thank you very much for your question. as part of our coalition operation, we have methods which i will not discuss, and we have the ability to pass that information and those communications that we have told both the opposition forces of how to maneuver, and we have also told
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
seismic counter mappingit is imt when the modern analysis techniques are used, there probabilistic techniques. those of the basis of the maps. they account for basically all sources and the potential for all the different magnitudes that are capable of those sources. up to and including maximum magnitude evens, which in many cases exceed that which we have seen in the historic record. it was mentioned that the most widely felt earthquakes in the u.s. work i 18 -- were in 1811 and 1812, and we believe it was about a magnitude 7. again, we look at the potential for exceeding that. we all sort of for the likelihood that that event occurs. that also accounts for background seismicity, which is common in the east, which is seismicity which cannot be attributed to a specific fault. it is important to note that seismicity and the central and eastern u.s. tends to be in what we call seismic zones. which are not directly attributable to faults. and we account for all of the hazard in the seismic zones. one of the questions which has come up repeatedly is how many plants are near faults or h
CSPAN
Mar 31, 2011 1:00pm EDT
making all of libya a grave yard? the administration has told us incredibly they don't really know who the rebels are, but they're considering arming them nonetheless. the fact that they're even thinking about arming these rebels makes one think the administration knows exactly who the rebels are. while a variety of individuals and institutions may comprise the so-called opposition in libya, in fact one of the most significant organizations is the national front for the salvation of libya, along with its military arm, the libyan national army. it was the national front's call for opposition to the gaddafi regime in february which was a catalyst of the conflict. which precipitated the humanitarian crisis which is now used to justify armed intervention. but, mr. speaker, how spontaneous was this rebellion? the congressional research service in 1987 analyzed the libyan opposition. here's what the congressional research service wrote, and i quote, over 20 opposition groups exist outside libya. the most important in 1987 was the national front, formed in october, 1981. this national front c
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
policy, it will come back to haunt us. the federal budget may be a zero-sum game but our morality and our compassion for our fellow human beings is not. recognizing one tragedy need not diminish understanding and empathy for another. our basic humanity, our sense of compassion is not a fixed number. it expands with our vision. it can grow with our purpose. but our moral compass is fixed. our sunrise, our east as a nation, even when we have failed has always pointed us towards what's right. now, not what is easy or cheap, but what we can live with and how we can sleep with ourselves at night. the values we hold true are priceless to us. they are the soul of our nation and rooted in our constitution, our bill of rights, our declaration of independence. we believe being free from the tyranny of violence. we believe in life and liberty and we believe that basic human rights are not just something to be worked toward, but a fundamental right to be demanded for all mankind. these ideas make us who we are. they make us great. but if our foreign policy does not reflect these i'd yeels, it
CSPAN
Mar 1, 2011 5:00pm EST
the problem. i know this because for many of us in tennessee, the president's new health care law is like a bad dream all over again. let me tell you what i mean. tennessee was the pilot project for universal health care. the experiment was called tenncare. put simply, the experiment failed. after tenncare passed, we watched the costs grow expo nene rblely. those of us in the legislature now if we didn't do something, tenncare would bankrupt our state. the sheer size of tenncare was more than government could hand. the government could not perform all the if you thinks of the medical insurance industry and promises of care and access were made and promises were far beyond what our state could possibly do. it didn't take long before tenncare became riddled with waste and fraud and abuse and i can remember talking with people who had gone from doctor to doctor and specialist to specialist, using tenncare to fill more than 50 prescriptions. 50 prescriptions is what they would put in front of me and tell me tenncare was paying for. it was all on the taxpayers' dime. tenncare became the m
CSPAN
Mar 10, 2011 10:00am EST
women home. if any of my comments will assist you in this effort you are welcomed to use them and my name. mr. speaker, i want to show the faces -- i want to show the faces of war and the faces of pain. this is a young man whose name is philip jordan. at the time of his father's death, his father was a gunny sergeant, he was 6 years of age. i wish people could see the eyes of this young man 6 years of age with a folded flag. this is war. children feel war as adults feel war. mr. speaker, i also want to show you. this is a poster from the honor guard at dover walking a transfer case, which most people know is a cauven, it's the remains -- coffin, it's the remains. this, again, is war and the pain of war. mr. speaker, this is a beautiful, handsome couple. it's a young marine, his wife and his wife. this young marine had been deployed so much that he developed ptsd. and a year ago on the main drag at camp lejeune, known as mchuge boulevard, he committed suicide. he step out of the car, put a gun to his head and commuted suicide. mr. speaker, i hope members will join us and mr. kucinich
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
natural gas could be brought out of the ground and used to take care of our energy needs to a very large degree. as a matter of fact, the coal shale -- let's put that chart up there -- the coal chail that we have, they. -- shale that we have, they estimate it would create 1.8 trillion to eight trillion barrels of oil right here in this country and it would immediately reduce our dependency on foreign oil. and you think the saudis and others wouldn't lower their price per barrel very quickly if they thought we were producing that you're just not paying attention. if they thought we were becoming energy independent they would want to keep their market share and lower their prices as quickly as possible. and then you talk about coal itself. we have tremendous resources of coal. 584.5 billion tons our reserves in coal, the blue places you see on the map is four trillion tons of coal. now, they say that will hurt the environment. well, we got to make sure we protect the environment and we got scrubbers on the generating plants and all kinds of things that do protect the environment. eve
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
we increased regulation and as we increased taxation. those jobs would come flooding back to us if we'd simply lower the taxes and you heard president obama said say that in the state of the union message, that we now have one of the two highest corporate tax rates in the world. a couple of days after his speech, japan actually lowered that tax rate and leaving us at the top level. and so the president recognizes that we make ourselves uncompetitive with our tax rate and we should do something about it. he's exactly right. we should cut taxes. and yet when you bring that up on the floor of the house, you have one half of the body that grabs their chest and falls backward, pulling the flag across their face and saying, we can't do that because old glory might just wither away and the other side says, it's the only way to economic growth. if we're going to fix this imbalance of spending and revenue, we absolutely have to have growth and job creation should be the primary focus of this congress. but unless we focus on the taxes and on the regulation we cannot cure the job problem in t
CSPAN
Mar 23, 2011 10:00am EDT
talked about will be used -- using the nato command structure. host: we will talk more about the details. but in this article, is is that nothing is official. no one is signed the dotted line on this tentative agreement. it could be announced as early as today. can you talk more about nato command center, all of that? militarily, what does that mean? guest: nato has been a military alliance since 1949. it has staff and officers assigned to that as their permanent position. they come from the national military. that is the commanding control structures used an overseas operation in afghanistan, for example, today. the advantage of using that structure is that is in place, it is tested, it is known. they are great difficulties setting up at hauck our arrangements. the command headquarters is located in belgium, about an hour outside of brussels. it is not quite the equivalent of the pentagon. in the war against iraq, the u.s. war was committed from a headquarters in florida. they have a communications established with the commanders in the region in on the ground. host: what does it mean f
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Mar 16, 2011 10:00am EDT
have to be vigilant. host: grace writes to us on twitter asking about a ban on nuclear power plants. sharon squassoni, thank you so much for joining us this morning. she is the program director for proliferation prevention at the center for strategic & international studies. let's go now to the floor of the house of representatives, where the session is getting underway. thanks for joining us today. ker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., march 16, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable renee ellmers to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2011, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate . the chair will alternate recognition between the parties each -- with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. t
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Mar 24, 2011 10:00am EDT
. host: marc ginsberg joining us. to each one of honor students, excellent questions. thank you for your participation. to the folks at the national archives, we thank you for hosting us. we are back tomorrow morning at 7:00 eastern time. thank you for being with us on this thursday. enjoy the rest of your day. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] ♪ >> coming up today on c-span, our focus stays on the middle east with political demographer richard cincota on his prediction of a liberal democracy and the arab world. he will talk about his reasoning and provide historical insight on democratization live at noon eastern from the woodrow wilson center. at 3:45, a roundtable discussion with a number of mayors from around the country discussing economic development and budget pressures facing their cities. it is hosted by the local initiatives support corp. -- corp. live at 3:45. >> night on c-span, a look at education reform with michelle rate. sacramento mayor and former nba player kevin johnson wil
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Mar 3, 2011 1:00pm EST
hear the gentleman. mr. mcnerney: with rising us prices of gasoline and unemployment that remains far too high helping small businesses is more important than ever. mr. camp: the gentleman is not addressing the point of order. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from california wish to address the specific point of order? the other member wish to address this point of order? the gentleman from michigan. mr. levin: madam speaker, the gentleman from california was addressing the point of order. i think he should be allowed to do so. the speaker pro tempore: does any other member wish -- mr. levin: he should be allowed to continue. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california may be heard only on the point of order. he can continue if he is speaking directly to the point of order. mr. mcnerney: madam speaker, this directly addresses the tax provision in the republican bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may proceed. mr. mcnerney: this motion to recommit addresses the pay-for in the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may proceed. mr. mcnerney: thank yo
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Mar 9, 2011 10:00am EST
9/11. my point was it was our worst day in history. host: thank you matt apuzzo for joining us. please join us again. guest: yes. thank you. host: in the senate, live coverage on c-span 2 as the senators voting on h.r.-1 all here on the c-span networks. e s house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a comm speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., march 9, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable virginia foxx to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father coughlin. chaplain coughlin: of late signs of spring speak of new life, o lord. may the first gasps of freedom stabilize the earth with fresh beauty. may heroic hearts of leadership, the world over, bursts forth with sounds of thanksgiving for your sounds of grace. hopefully, lord, our spring fasting and our renewal in prayer will peel away illusions for the nation and personal self-deception. may rage, violence and anger be drowned out by gentle rains. as with commo
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Mar 10, 2011 1:00pm EST
responsibility . we've seen many courts in this country look at the foreclosure process used by these banks and have ruled them to be illegal and that in fact the banks did not own the homes that they were trying to foreclose on. and this has happened thousands of times across the country. it's not been a smooth process. we've also had a very, very difficult situation for our men and women in uniform. despite the fact that there's been a law in this country since world war i that we will not foreclose on service members' homes while they are in combat, while they're in afghanistan or iraq, we've had banks do hundreds and hundreds of foreclosures on our men and women in uniform. there are needs for these programs and yet we're conveniently forgetting those facts. lastly this bill, with all due respect, has been poorly drafted in a meaningful way. this bill, if adopted, would prohibit all voluntary agreements between parties to stop these foreclosures. and i understand what the targets of my republican colleagues are, but the bill is drafted so broadly it would prevent the banks and the f.h.a. an
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Mar 4, 2011 1:00pm EST
terms, it is not particularly useful. washington mutual did not violate any capital requirement before it failed. lehman at 11% of capital, just the day before it went bust. i do not think this accounting based measure of capital, particularly use for, what we need to do is market based. we have a proposal based on a swap. he to be based on other indicators. i think the notion is, we don't want to treat everyone the same because there are people who behave properly. why should they be subject to the same walls? i think the rules should be -- you cannot pay dividends or pay cash bonus. you have to transfer the bonus you want into equity. that would play a bigger role in recapitalizing banks than even stopping dividends. >> thank you, tournament. -- thank you, gentleman. >> if i have learned one thing from this panel, it is to not ask you all the same question. [laughter] i have several questions, but i will ask the specific questions. first, when secretary spoke, one thing i took away from his testimony was the argument that while we had a lot of problems in our economy, those problems
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Mar 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
the clean air act which the supreme court has told us on a 5-4 basis includes regulation of carbon. i thought the way the epa has handled putting forth a tailored rule to stop emissions from major sources that make newt improvements or have yet to be built was a thoughtful approach and will be an important coribution to reducing the carbon emissions as best we can until the congress and the american people insist on doing more important key-in legislation, which i think requires at some point putting a price on carbon. >> thank you. go ahead. >> i am from politico. uva been talking cut and one of colleagues reported that the energy and power subcommittee will start the markup of that bill on thursday. whatre you going to do to stop it? can you stop the? -- can you stop it? >> it will be hard to stop legislation with which i disagree. i will have to make the argument as best i can. we will lose the vote in committee. we may lose the vote on the house floor. but w're making the argument for the senate anfor the administration and for the american people. passing a bill out of committ
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Mar 31, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. garrett: can you tell us how much time remains? the chair: the gentleman from new jersey has four minutes. mr. garrett: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, first. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. engel: i thank the gentleman and i rise in strong support of his amendment. it's the garrett-himes-andrews-engel amendment. it will require the federal aviation administration to study alternatives to the new york-new jersey-philadelphia airspace redesign and prohibit the f.a.a. from continuing the implementation of the airspace redesign until a new study is submitted to congress. i have to take issue with what my friend, the chairman, said before. we have not found that there were hearings for this. this has been trying to -- they've been trying to jam this through and want less and less people to know about it. i forced them to come into my district. until that happened they didn't want any kind of input from the community. i have opposed this airspace redesign from day one and afforded its implementation ever
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Mar 2, 2011 10:00am EST
being there for us. i appreciate that. my oldest brothers all served in world war ii. i lost one there. when we went to war with japan, when the war was over with -- our jobs and everything are either going to japan or china. what happened to the american workers? what happened in detroit? some of the car industries are starting to pick up again. my main thing is, i'm scared about my social security benefits. i've been retired for about one year. now they're talking about cutting social security benefits. i do not want to sound like a crybaby, but i'm scared to death. host: we are going to leave it there. the house is about to come in with its morning session. i want to talk about what happened in 1995 and 1996 with social security checks. guest: they are going to go out. nobody that is talking about reforming social security are talking about doing it to the folks that are already retired. social security benefits for people already in the system, there should be no change. if the government shuts down, you will still get your check. host: jonathan allen, thank you. the house is comin
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
minute or less. what would you like to leave us with? >> i feel better than 9today thi did when i first got here. i knew he would bring up the boston celtics. i played in nba from into -- from 1988 to 2000 and i liked coming to your city on that day. >> whoa, ok, pal. [laughter] a lot of this conversation we have had this afternoon, one of the things is mayors have a difficult job. it has been easier by folks like yourself working with us to solve our problems. nobody mentioned what this does for our cities, improving the quality of life. we had a brazilian neighborhood announcement. that is one of the greater productprojects. that brings people together to improve some of the most troubled neighborhoods. the other part i like as we met with staff and they worked with us and how we create that resilience community. that is what it is about. we have a lot of brain power and experience. we know how to work together. the word today should be collaboration and how we collaborate to achieve the common goal of making this a better place to live. i hope we leave you here today. how we work tog
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Mar 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
quote american people want. they want us to work together to keep government open. they want us to do so in a way that continues the economic recovery, and that does not undermine education and the future for our children. we all have to work together. it is about finding common ground. we want to find the common ground on the high ground of the better future of arkla children. we have a history of working in a bipartisan way. when president bush was president, we work together to put a stimulus package which was largely to his liking even though there was a democratic house and senate. largely to the president's likely. he wanted tax cuts. we largely ended up with tax cuts and no in for structure. we were able to do a good job for the american people working together, cooperating with president bush. a year later talks when the financial crisis descended upon us, we saw the administration come to this congress in september and tell us, the dismal state of this financial and economic situation in our country, that the chairman bernanke told us that night, that if we did not act immediately wo
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Mar 15, 2011 1:00pm EDT
appropriations resolution. this temporary c.r. will allow us to avoid a government shutdown that could otherwise occur on march 18. . while cutting spending by $6 bill to control our nation's staggering deficits and to facilitate the continued recovery of our nation's economy. we have made it clear -- the speaker pro tempore: the chair is finding it difficult to hear with conversations that are still going on in the back of the chamber. on all sides. the gentleman from kentucky deserves to be heard. the gentleman may continue. mr. rogers: we have made it clear that a government shut down is not an option. period. we will not allow this to happen on our watch. this bill funds the government for an additional three weeks until april 8, maintaining the critical support the government provides to the american people and allowing for the necessary time to complete negotiateations on a final long-term agreement for the remainder of this year. while funding the essential government agencies and programs, this c.r. makes $6 bill in spending cuts. trimming $2 billion for every week to continue
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Mar 30, 2011 5:00pm EDT
regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule -- >> i ask unanimous consent that the gentleman from ohio yield for an unanimous question. if the gentleman will yield i have a question. we have two bills before us on the union calendar. one, the text is in bold, the second, the text is in italics. could -- and the texts are not identical. could you tell us which of the versions we're considering? >> mr. speaker, will the house come to order? i can't hear. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbs, and the gentleman from new york, mr. bishop, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. gibbs: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 872. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. gibbs: mr. speaker, i yield my time to the gentlewoman from ohio,
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
you give us your assessment as of now of the libyan air forces? how many fixed wing and helicopters have you destroyed and will you try to destroy as much capability as possible before you get to the point where you can get the no-fly zone where you want it? >> well, when we began this, my estimation is that his air force is not generally in good repair compared to what you would consider most world standards for air forces. he had a lot of equipment that was old, much of it was sitting parked in the runways and it could not be used. he was effectively employing a tactical air force, a helicopter air force i would say on the order of several dozen rather than large numbers. when we began the coalition strikes, one of our objectives was to rate the effectiveness of those remaining air force assets. i believe that we have done that. we have not seen any significant movement of those forces. a good indication that our air strikes were very effective. i am completely confident that the air force colonel gaddafi will not have a negative impact on the coalition and that we will be able to
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Mar 8, 2011 10:00am EST
the debt by 4 trillion over the next decade and put us on a course to get the debt stabilizes -- so we can be in the -- i believe a plan like the commission plan must include spending cuts and title changes that lower's rates and the commission plan provided for such a balanced approach. its savings include mandatory spending and reff knew. they are used only to extend program's solvency. not for definite reduction. if this is one message i'd like to get out there as clearly as i can, the savings in social security were redirected to social security. not for definite reduction. this chart highlights the key elements of the tax reform including the plan. it 4ri78 natesar scales back tax expenditure. tax expenditures are as big as all of domestic discretionary spending. and it makes the tax code more progressive. it promotes economic growth and improves america's global competitors. if we're going to reform the tax code, one thing we've got to have in mind is the competitiveness of the united states. we are no longer so dominant that we don't have to worry about our -- the effect of o
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Mar 10, 2011 5:00pm EST
really the one that's holding this hill. i want you to use your great marksmanship ability. i want you to take that officer out. and so the next time that young officer showed himself, this craft marksman shot him and the young officer, southern officer dropped dead on the spot. the northern troops moved up and by the time they took the position, the marksman went over to see who he'd shot. he realized he had shot his own son. he was so distraught he just stood up and ran across the field where the southern army was shooting and he was killed by that rifle fire. that's a little personal tragedy. the civil war was full of those. but they are full of them because there was a leadership failure to deal with a crisis that america had to deal with and they didn't do it for whatever reason. today, we also have a crisis that's right here in front of us, and as americans start to understand where we are with the budget, we also have to deal with this thing. and the face on our entire economic system collapsing could be very ugly indeed. and so my point of being here on the floor today is n
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
session. >> thank you. first of all, nabe past president is not with us. unfortunately she has to be in california after the passing of her father in law. i am adolf laurenti. i in the deputy chief economist and i have the privilege to continue this discussion of the public finance situation with two terrific speakers. they need no introductions, but for the benefits of this who come from distant lands, let me say tom davis served for seven terms in congress representing virginia's 11th district. home among the others of my alma maters george mason university. we have a basketball plug for next week's tournament. during his tenure in the house he was chairman of the house government to reform and oversight committee. several distinguished the complements during those years. he is now director for federal government affairs. our second speaker, stuart rothenberg, editor and publisher of the "rothenberg report," he has several years of experience and monitoring the policy- making in our national capital. his opinions have been published from all the major media outlets including the "w
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Mar 1, 2011 1:00pm EST
from georgia, i was glad i finally heard him use the word jobs. and talk about jobs. because that's the problem here. this h.r. 1, that he talks about, we know is going to destroy jobs. various accounts, 700,000, 800,000 jobs. . not just because the government isn't paying for the jobs but beant it doesn't invest in the future. if you liven to what president obama said in his state of the union address, he said, the government has a rule. the gentleman from georgia says the government should get out of the way. i don't agree with that. we need to make wise investments in our future, in our education program, which this cuts, in our research and development for the future, in infrastructure so that we can have roads and highways and mass transit so that commerce can continue and we can grow the economy. that's what's wrong with h.r. 1 and this larger bill that the republicans have put forward. and of course the senate can't take up the bill the way it is. because they nope it will destroy jobs and cripple the economy. so what i ask is to my republican colleagues, go out there, sit do
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Mar 17, 2011 10:00am EDT
. 1076, to prohibit federal funding of national public radio and the use of federal funds to acquire radio content. it is time for american citizens to stop funding an organization that can stand on its own feet. long before any of the recent news stories on videos or the juan williams fiasco, i sponsored legislation in congress to pull the plug on taxpayer funding for n.p.r. i enjoy some programs on n.p.r., but i have long believed it can stand on its own. the pointed issue is not the quality or content of programming on n.p.r., the point is not the degree to which americans support the arts, radio news, and educational programs, the point today is whether government programs and services that can be funded privately or otherwise available in the private sector should receive taxpayer funding. . apart from constitutional concerns, as a country we no longer have this luxury any more. with the national debt over $13 trillion, the government can't simply to fund nonessential services. let me add that no one can really argue that these programs will disappear if americans are no longer
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